Never been married but I was a bridesmaid in the early 90's - actually twice. First one was a HS friend. Hideous satin and lace dusty rose gown. I have a photo somewhere and will post if i have it uploaded.
Second one, ugh. it was a Laura Ashley style dress; floral cotton, i think green. Think poofy skirt with a crinoline, and a sweetheart neckline, and ruching up the sleeves. Top if off with a HUGE belt over the behind, in the same fabric. This was my then boyfriend's best friend's wedding. The bride and I joked about the bow, so mcuh so that i thought we weren't wearing them, until the day of, wen they all had them, and i was like oops mine is home, 5 hours away! thnkfully no one cared, including the bride!